December Tidings


Happy December to you all. Are you like us up here in Edmonton? Covered in many inches of snow and just starting to come out of a cold snap that reached about -31 degrees Celsius with wind chill? I shouldn’t be complaining I’m an Albertan and use to this season we have called Winter. It lasts 8 months after all, and 10 months if you look at last year.
Not to mention I have been able to remain snugly warm in my sweaters while others have had to drive and go about their daily business.
A plus side for me to being constantly ill. Additionally, I don’t have to shovel snow, nor would I be much use at it as it is.

But enough about the weather I’d rather talk about the fact I managed to finish my Christmas shopping 2 weeks ago when A was up and that combined with a few on line orders did the job. Most of my presents are in gift bags with tags and cards in my room and I just have to receive one last parcel and then I really am finished shopping, even for myself. I need to order a pair of tall boots and that will be my present to me since I have to actually get them made due to the fact I fit neither wide calf or extra wide calf boots; I am right in the middle. It will take a month to get those puppies made and believe me they will last me a long time.

I am going with my brother to this Choklat place on Whyte Ave tomorrow night. We will get to see how the store makes chocolate and then have a wine tasting with chocolate. Some of you might think that is too sweet of a combination but I think it is just about perfection; Choklat is putting together two of my favourite items. It was a Groupon event and I just had to go so I purchased a ticket for my brother and I and now I can’t wait. I think the process of chocolate making will be pretty interesting in addition to the wine and chocolate tasting.

Also, it turns out my 4 month Proofreading course is only a 3 week course. I have finished 1 module and have 2 more to go before proofing an exam worth 85%. It has put me into a panic but I will just have to memorize and study hard for the final. The other 15% is made up of online posts, just answering questions the instructor asks about the modules, that’s the easy part. But I will be pretty busy until those modules are finished December 9 and then while I’m studying for the exam that needs to be finished before December 23. I tell myself at least that’s another editing course finished and done fast. The next one, Copywriting, takes place in April.

Also, looking forward to finally seeing a rheumatologist to find out whether I actually have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think it’s a good bet I do but that depends what the doctor says and what kind of testing he gives me. But at least another step to unravelling what illness or illnesses that have been giving me grief often enough. Not looking forward to seeing the sleep doctor so much as I think it’s probably time that I require another sleeping medication. Gabepentin has done the trick for a year but I feel it’s effects waning at maximum dose. It has me afraid I will get another medication that will cause weight gain or won’t help me sleep deep enough. A deep peaceful sleep cannot be taken for granted given its effect on your whole day.

I have also started my fourth UBlogging course with WordPress, Writing 201 long form writing. I’m not sure how much writing I’ll actually get done but I am interested in the information each day’s topic will provide. I’m trying to write a book and am stuck on Chapter 3. I just need to sit down at Christmas time and organize my plot line and then just write. I’ll put the chapters up as I finish and correct them to my best ability. But, it may take awhile until How Was Last Night For You starts coming together.

Thanks for reading!

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A Sunny Evening at the Taste of Edmonton


A Taste of Edmonton 2009
A Taste of Edmonton 2009 (Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer))

It’s around 10:00 pm and I’ve just returned from The Taste of Edmonton a second time. It is one of my favorite events in Edmonton in the summer time, the mixed aroma of all that delicious food in the air makes me happy. It is food comfort. It is also a comfort people watching. All the families, couples, groups watching them enjoy the many foods available in appreciation; no matter their age, way of dressing, or otherwise; the love of food brings people together. I am sitting by the city hall fountain surrounded by children playing in the water and eating their treats; it is a picturesque place to wait for my friends to arrive but alas, I get hungry go and buy some more tickets and buy a piece of cheesecake from Spaghetti Factory. Cheesecake is one of my favorites and I look forward to it each Taste of Edmonton. Once my friends arrive, we go in search of our favorite dishes, new and old. I point out some of my favorites from yesterday’s lunch: pineapple chicken and beef dumplings.
My friends choose some different desserts and menu items and I settle on Tirimisue for my final dish. It is so yummy. Then all three of us Tiana, Tara, and I save our remaining tickets for sangria and white and red wine. We settle down into some good conversation – wedding gossip, things we have been up to, just generally whatever. It has been a good night. The sun is sinking an interesting vocalist is singing old rock and roll hits from the 80 ‘s and 90’s. Holding 3 glasses of sangria I almost lose some I think. The crowd of people still walk and eat on the giant pad of cement that was once green grass and picnic tables. But it is a good time. I am happy to see my good friends; happy to be. It is the perfect temperature outside and comfortable inside the alcohol tasting tents. All too soon it is time to go home and I am left with the memory of one of those perfect summer nights where all seems well and the world stands still if only for a moment or a glass of sangria.